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First Session of the Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

3-7 October 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya
 
Highlights for Monday, 3 October 2011
 
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IPBES participants observed a minute of silence in honor of Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
 

The first session of the plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened today in Nairobi, Kenya. Delegates were asked to observe a minute of silence at the start of the session for Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

In the morning, delegates heard opening statements and began discussions on the meeting’s rules of procedure and the adoption of the agenda. In their statements, delegates called for the swift establishment of IPBES at this meeting, emphasizing that the Platform be a small entity that does not duplicate the work of other initiatives. Delegates further noted the importance of multidisciplinary approaches and capacity building efforts.

In the afternoon, delegates convened to consider: revision and adoption of the agenda, including on legal issues relating to establishing and operationalizing IPBES; the functions and operating principles of the platform; and functions and structures of bodies that might be established under IPBES. Delegates debated whether to postpone discussions on the legal issues relating to the establishment and operationalization of the platform, agreeing to confer on the matter once the original legal advice provided by the UN Office for Legal Affairs is made available. Consideration of composition of membership for the Platform was also taken up, with some members calling for universal membership while others suggested that only UN Member States be included. Deliberations on this were held over until Tuesday morning.

In the evening, delegates were invited to attend a reception hosted by the Government of Kenya.


OPENING SESSION:
 
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Stephene Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya.
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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
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L-R: Dais during the opening plenary with Ramadhan Seif Kajembe, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya; Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Stephene Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.
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Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana, speaking on behalf of the African Group.
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Bozena Haczek, Poland, speaking on behalf of the EU and its member states.
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John Matuszak, US
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L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP; John Matuszak, US and Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana, in informal consultation on how to proceed with regards to the election of the chair.
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Delegates from Thailand consulting.
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ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
 
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Robert Watson, UK, elected as Chair of the session.
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Ali Mohamed, Kenya, elected as vice-Chair representing Africa.
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Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Brazil, elected as vice-Chair representing Group of Latin America and Caribbean states (GRULAC) for the first session of IPBES.
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Senka Barudanovich, Bosnia and Herzegovina, elected as vice-Chair representing Eastern Europe.
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STATEMENTS:
 
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Robert Lamb, Switzerland
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Luis Javier Campuzano, Mexico
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Ana Maria Fernandes, Brazil
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Sergey Timoshenko, Russian Federation
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Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia
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Alana Lomónaco Busto, Argentina
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Atsushi Suginaka, Japan
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Idunn Eidheim, Norway
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Yeon-chul Yoo, Republic of Korea
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Clarissa Arida, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
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Gretchen Kalonji, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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Cyrie Sendashonga, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Charles McNeil, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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Renate Christ, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
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David Cooper, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
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L-R: Ala Rotaru, Moldova and Gheorghe Salaru, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Moldova
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L-R: Haruko Okusu and Kamar Yousuf, UNEP
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UNEP presenting an overview of the IPBES process.
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Neville Ash, UNEP
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